The main theme of this year’s Unsound festival is solidarity. As organizers admit, the festival takes as a starting point the 30th anniversary of democratic elections in Poland, a result of protests that spread across Central and Eastern Europe.
Thirty years on, the festival will explore what solidarity means in local and global context, as well as its presence in music industry. How does music unite in a physical space and online? What impact does local scenes, collectives and movements have on the political and cultural context? What forms might protest music take in 2019?
These and other issues will be incorporated in a panel and music program which include workshops, lectures, discussions, film screenings, concerts, audiovisual performances, live and DJ sets. Among the most interesting musical happenings, it's important to mention the return of the Ugandan festival Nyege Nyege with the sets from MCZO & Duke, Jay Mitta, Ant Virus, a tribute to Against Fascism Trax in a performance by Paula Temple and Optimo's JD Twitch, live by industrial project Dreamcrusher, b2b from ambassadors of Brazilian scene Badsista and Cashu as well as the show from MSYLMA feat. Zuli, Karim el Ghazoly and Omar El Sadek.
The festival takes place in Kraków from 6 – 13 October. Find more information and full programming here.
A DJ and record collector Tatjana returns with a new podcast for Trushmix. For her third appearance on Burger's mix series, she chose a proven direction - mid-90s electronics mixed with proper drum and bass and old-school jungle. DJ Fett Burger fairly admits on Soundcloud: "Non-stop and pure quality from beginning till the end!"
From September 13th through November 30th Berlin will host an exhibition 'No Photos On The Dancefloor! Berlin 1989-Today' dedicated to the history of city’s club scene - from the events like Tekknozid and clubs like Ufo, Tresor, and Planet to the institutions who are now integrating their experience into the modern history of electronic music.
The exhibition will feature photographs, videos, films and documentary materials covering the evolution of the Berlin club culture over the past 30 years - starting from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the emergence of new wave venues like Watergate, Berghain, Bar 25. The exhibition's program includes artist talks from Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Marquardt, Marcel Dettmann at C / O Berlin which will be turned into a full-fledged club for the events.
'No Photos On The Dancefloor! Berlin 1989-Today' is curated by Heiko Hoffmann & Felix Hoffmann.
After a long hiatus Janus returns with a full-length release ‘Hart Aber Fair’ by M.E.S.H. The album comprises of tracks recorded between 2013 and 2019. "I’ve always said I was going to do a Janus mixtape. Years passed. Now I did it," says James Whipple aka M.E.S.H. "There is a little bit of the spirit of early 2010's M.E.S.H. and a reflexion of the Berlin libidinal vortex".
Janus is a record label and a party series which promotes deconstructed club sounds in Berlin and beyond. The release by James Whipple is the first full-length release by the producer after ‘Hesaitix’ in 2017 as well as first recorded evidence of long-term collaboration between organization and musician.
Last year, we shared a selection of the most non ordinary festivals around the globe that are worth paying attention to. One of them is Ugandan Nyege Nyege which annually takes place on the banks of the Nile River in the city of Jinja and gathers more than 300 artists from different countries.
Since one of the main missions of the Nyege Nyege is to support the East African music community, as well as to create a platform for collaborations between musicians from all over the continent, the prevailing acts in the line-up are from local artists.
For instance, the legendary 8 piece band from Kinshasa Fulu Mziki which will make their first appearance outside of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopian EDM sensation Rophnan, Uganda Dancehall queen Sheeba and Nigeria’s Santi, Dj Diaki from Malian city Bamako who is called the king of the local genre Balani and many other equally interesting representatives of the scene.
The festival will also bring together many foreign artists including Chinese Kilo Vee and Hyph11E, New York-based Shyboi and Suzi Analogue, Japanese DJ Scotch Egg, Swiss-Congolese musician Bonaventure, Nyege Nyege resident from theNetherlands DJ Marcelle, PAN honcho Bill Kouligas.
Full line up and more details: https://www.nyegenyege.com
On August 21-23, Pop-Kultur festival will host panel discussions with a focus on issues of identity, gender, cultural exchange, as well as the influence of music journalism on these processes.
It includes talks with Mariana Berezovska (BORSHCH), Dennis Pohl (Spex), Alexis Waltz (Groove, Moderation) and Louise Brailey (Crack Magazine) who will cover the topic of the importance of independent music journalism; founders of the Berlin Club Memes and Feminist Memes School on memes as one of the main forms of digital communication; Emotional Labor Queen, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah and Planningtorock on queer life in the Western world and many more.
TIGHT will also take part in a discussion arranged by Music Pool Community - an educational platform aiming to facilitate networking and share the knowledge within the music scenes. The talk will explore music scenes in Ukraine, Belarus, Slovenia and other Eastern European countries, as well as possibilities for more exchange with music scenes in Berlin and Germany. How is the communication arranged between the regions? How can we set a dialog between them? And what are existing interesting musical collaborations and projects that bring them together?
Pop-Kultur festival is a Berlin-based festival which is promoting multidisciplinarity and multi-faceted curatorial approach through various performances, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, readings.
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Odessa-based musician Victor Konstantinov aka Polje released a new mini-album ‘Художник На Пленэре’ (‘The Artist Who Does Plein Air Painting’).
The album is comprised of 3 tracks mastered by Ukrainian artist Bejenec and recorded in collaboration with the co-founders of the independent 20ft radio Misha and David.
“Do women reject wearing a classic costume? What environment is favorable for transurfing? What should be portrayed in the foreground?” asks himself Victor and recommends to click on the link to find the answer.
TIGHT and the founder of Muscut Dima Nikolaienko are curating the Garden stage at this year’s edition of Brave! Factory Festival. The program will feature DJ sets and live performances by both TIGHT and Muscut affiliates including a German producer Don’t DJ, the selector duo from UK Disco Ma Non Troppo and emerging Ukrainian artists — Nastya Vogan, Mlin Patz, Bryozone, Acid Jordan and many more.
With the Garden stage, which will run through the morning till evening of August 25th, TIGHT and Muscut experiment with a concept of ‘day party’ as well as push the boundaries of non-dance music.
Brave! Factory festival will be held from August 24th through 25th at the territory of Metrobud factory in Kyiv. The programming will include more than 50 names such as Ata Kak, Carlos Souffront, Red Axes, Raphaël Top-secret, Marcel Dettmann.
More details: https://www.brave-factory.com/
Read about Muscut on TIGHT
Realia is a Milan-based sound-driven platform working at the intersection of music, visual and design. Following the steps of local Haunter Records, Portals Editions, Presto?! and Die Schachtel, Realia is focused on experimental sounding at the intersection of grime, ambient and everything in between, even post-punk and pop-rock on its first release ‘We Keep Veiled A Solid Void That Grows.’
‘Unmanned World’ is a printed zine and digital release comprising of 7 tracks by Hyter. As mentioned in the official press release, Unmanned World is an invitation to rethink our earthbound existence, acknowledging that innermost self does not entirely lay within us.
Pop-Kultur festival will run from 21st until 23rd of August in Berlin and will feature more than 60 concerts and DJ sets, over 20 discussions, film screenings Shabazz Palaces and rapper Mykki Blanco, rising post-punk stars Молчат Дома (Molchat Doma), composer, vocalist and long-time collaborator of Einstürzende Neubauten Mona Mur, reunited Munich electro-pop band Lali Puna and punk rockers Die Goldenen Zitronen.
Pop-Kultur festival is a Berlin-based festival which is promoting multidisciplinarity and multi-faceted curatorial approach through various performances, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, readings
For more information and full line-up, check out Pop-Kultur’s website
YES is a Serbian label and a party series which delivers genre diversity to Belgrade’s dancefloors. Moreover, YES is known for eponymous series of mixes which have already featured Macadam Mambo label honcho Sacha Mambo, his colleague and head of Neubau Heap, a member of Brothers From Different Mothers crew Judaah, Gil.Barte from the Lyonian formation KUMP and many others.
For the new edition, YES invited Maroje T - a selector from New York with a handful of old and new tracks released on Stroom, Knekelhuis, Sanctuary Records, Mute, Belåten.
The recording features Dominican producer, specialist in Afro-Cuban rhythms, Kelman Duran, his colleague in the field of hybridizing latin sounds with club music, Manchester-based producer Florentino, and the NTS resident, selector with a focus on reggaeton, dancehall and reggae, Felix Hall. By joining the forces, they’ve recorded a mix with a killer selection of rhythmic latin music from the artists like Lumidee, Papa Chain, Baby Rasta Y Gringo, Playero + The Noise, Diljit Dosanjh as well as Florentino’s and Kelman’s own productions.
Photo: NTS Radio
FLEE is a cultural engineering platform dedicated to the documentation and enhancement of hybrid cultures. It functions as a record label, publishing house and exhibition organizer. All these diverse activities are united by a desire to explore unfairly forgotten musical genres, their history, and evolution, the genealogy of political essence, as well as their past and present position in the global socio-economic landscape.
The first release of FLEE features a vinyl compilation and a printed journal dedicated to Kenyan iconic music genre from the 70s called Benga that never got great exposure outside of Kenya’s frontiers. In addition to mentioned above, FLEE delivered a book called “Benga, a Kenyan Kaleidoscope” which investigates the future of a Kenyan music genre and its evolution in the limelight of an increased dematerialization of artistic practices. The book is composed of the essays from the film director Mbithi Masya, graphic design studio U-Zehn, music producers like FlexFab, KMRU, Gregg Tendwa, Shake it Maschine and professors Jehanne Denogent, Noémie Desarzens, Andrew Eisenberg, as well as original and archive pictures.
More information about the project and the book: https://fleeproject.com/
IVVVO is a Portuguese experimental electronic musician and co-founder of the record label Terrain Ahead. Previously known by his works for Opal Tapes, Public Information and Fourth Wave, IVVVO released a new album ‘doG’ which combines the elements of contemporary dance, rock, pop and electronica. Here, deconstructed trance synths, choral arrangements complement Korn samples and an array of thrilling and tense sounds.
doG was released on March 15th via Halcyon Veil.
Kyiv-based musician Dmitriy Avkesentiev, known as Voin Oruwu and Koloah, released an album Etudes From A Starship which explores the relation of the technology and nature of unknown planets. The album arrived on Ukrainian experimental label Kvitnu, bringing a compilation of futuristic novels about heroic deeds and great sacrifices, legends about invincible catastrophes and the birth of supernovas, tales of cosmic loneliness and great ethereal love. The producer embodied this narrative in 10 experimental, abstract compositions.
African Head Charge, psychedelic dub icons, has been confirmed, along with electronic trio Mutant Beat Dance and Agata Melnikova with ambient project Sign Libra. More names will be added soon.
Strange Sounds From Beyond is an Amsterdam-based festival and online-magazine about music. SSFB team has been organizing the festival for three years straight focusing on phenomenal acts, emerging artists and homegrown talent.
This year’s edition set to happen at Noorderlicht in Amsterdam on June 22. Learn more about the festival and discover other alternative events in our selection of festivals.
Kyiv-based DJ and music geek Andrii Shcherbyna aka Kirpich Soundsystem has launched a podcast series with collection of Soviet underground music of the 80s and early 90s. He called it "Сигнал из милиции" (eng: "Signal from militia”) and recently released the 3 edition - "DANSING" with a handful of forgotten rave, techno and trance gems.
Founded by Sasha Tsapenko, Dmitry Prutkin and Muscut label boss Dmytro Nikolaienko, Shukai records will come as an outlet for lost Soviet film and television tapes. Many of them are going to be released for the first time. For instance, Victor Vlasov's soundtracks for the movie The Air Seller which were compiled into label’s first release The Air Seller and put out in a limited edition of 300 copies.
Izabel recorded a mix for the third edition of the Moon Rock series, guided by this brief: "You're relaxing on a deck chair on the surface of the moon, watching a lunar sunset, whilst sipping a cocktail and coming down from a few hours of tripping on acid." As a result, Izabel delivered a handful of meditative and smooth electronics - a real session of mind opening without any substances and spiritual practices.
The new year for Buttechno started with 2 releases - Minimal Cuts on Anthony Naples’ label Incienso and an ambient album La Maison De La Mort dropped on prolific British imprint Berceuse Heroique.
La Maison De La Mort refers to Eduard Artemyev’s electronic soundscapes, the Chiastic Slide era of Autechre, as well as Peter Kember's best work. "It could be a spiked film noir soundtrack… and it’s also great because it sounds like a late night walk around Moscow (at least to us)," says the label.
La Maison De La Mort is available in a limited edition and consists of 2 LPs with artwork by Will Bankhead from The Trilogy Tapes.
Last summer we made up a selection of seasonal festivals which prefer to stay away from festival hysteria and offer a refreshing alternative to uniform line-ups. This year a small festival for a couple of thousand people has been added to the list - Monticule Festival 2019.
Annually, the festival takes place in a private domain on top of the hill in the south of France. This summer, from June 19 to 23, the festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary with great line-up which has already been partially announced. Here you can find Malka Tuti label bosses Asaf Samuel Page and Katzele, the hero of our Drinking with section Low Jack, LYL radio curator OKO DJ and their companions from BFDM label Judaah, Low Bat, The Pilotwings, Simo Cell, as well as Fantastic Twins with live-set and many others.
Monticule will have 4 stages on offer - the main one will be set up in the forest, another two - near the pool and in the barn. Also separate stage will be specially designed for ambient music. In addition, during the 4 days you will have opportunity to do different activities, such as yoga or astronomy. More info: http://monticulefestival.com
Meet a new website - Underground Radio Directory which features a catalog of underground radio stations from all over the globe. It offers a list of 87 stations from 54 cities including Kyiv based 20ft Radio, New New World Radio from Moscow and Lyon’s LYL radio.
You can choose any station from the list for daily streaming or try your luck with “I’m feeling lucky” option.